Dover, Del. (Dec. 4, 2019) --- Loyola (Md.) pulled away in the final minute of an entertaining 84-76 victory over Delaware State this evening.
The Greyhounds won for the third time in the last four games to improve to 5-4 this season, while the Hornets dropped their second in a row to fall to 1-9.
Andrew Kostecka led four Loyola double-figure scorers with 25 points. Kavaughn Scott added 14 points , while Cam Spencer and Kenneth Jones tallied 13 points each for the Greyhounds.
The loss overshadowed a game-high 31-point performance by Delaware State senior John Crosby, who was 11-for-19 from the field (one three-pointer) and eight-of-10 at the free throw line.
Crosby has topped the 20-point mark in five of the Hornets’ 10 games, including two 30-point performances, to raise his season average to a MEAC-high 20.1 points per game.
DSU center Ameer Bennett tallied a season-best 16 points, highlighted by 10-for-10 shooting from the free throw line.
“I’m proud of the way we battled throughout the game,” said Delaware State head coach Eric Skeeters. “We were in position to pull out the win, but Loyola made more plays than we did down the stretch.”
Delaware State trailed by seven points on three occasions in the first half, but pulled to within 31-27 at the break.
Loyola led 39-33 early in the second half, but the Hornets scored the next six points, and tied the score at 39-39 on two free throws by Bennett with 16:27 left to play.
After the Greyhounds rebounded to open up a 44-39 lead, DSU rallied again.
The Hornets scored 13 of the next 15 points and opened up their biggest lead, 52-46, on an inside basket by Crosby at the 12:10 mark of the second half.
Singh scored five points and Crosby four, while Loyola hit just one of five shots and committed two turnovers during the DSU spurt.
Loyola answered by running off the next 10 points, and pulled ahead 56-52 on a bucket by Jones with 9:21 remaining.
The second half featured three ties and eight lead changes.
Delaware State held its last lead 59-58 on shot in the paint by Crosby with 7:57 left.
The Greyhounds responded with a 14-6 run to open up a 72-65 lead.
The Hornets pulled to within 75-72 on a fast break basket by Pinky Wiley.
After forcing a Loyola turnover, Singh missed a potential game-tying three-point shot with 1:11 left to play. On the ensuing possession, Scott converted an old fashioned three-point play to give the Greyhounds a 78-72 lead with under a minute to play.
Loyola was perfect on seven free throws in the final 51 seconds to seal the win.
Delaware State was 23-for-54 from the field (42.6%), including 7-of-20 on three-point attempts (35.0%). The Hornets converted 23 of their 29 free throw attempts (79.3%).
The Greyhounds shot 46.4% for the game (26-for-56) and 40% from beyond the arc (10-for-25). Loyola was 22 for 29 on free throw attempts (75.9%).
Loyola held a slight edge in rebounding 36-33.
The Hornets will take a break for final exams before returning to action on Dec. 16 against First State rival Delaware. The contest is set for 7:00 p.m. at 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington.